Key Battles of WWII

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Key Battles of WWII

  1. 1. Key Battles of WWII
  2. 2. Nazi Blitzkrieg• September 1939 – WWII starts, starting WWII• July 1940 – most of Europe has surrendered to Nazi Germany, including France• July-October 1940 – Battle of Britain• June 1941 – Operation Barbarossa – German invasion of the Soviet Union
  3. 3. Theaters of WWII• 2 major theaters –European –Pacific• Other theaters –African –Mid-East
  4. 4. Germany’s Two Front War• West – France, Britain, U.S., and everything else west of Germany• East – Russia – opened on June 22, 1941 – Operation Barbarossa – broke the Non-Aggression Pact – Hitler’s biggest mistake of World War II
  5. 5. Major Battles in the Soviet Union• 1942-1943 – Battle of Stalingrad – potential last stand of the Soviet Union – huge Soviet victory!!! – results in the complete destruction of the German 6th Army – turns the war in the Allies’ favor• 1941-1944 – Siege of Leningrad• 1943 – Battle of Kursk
  6. 6. Turning Points in Europe• 1940 – Battle of Britain• 1943 – Battle of Stalingrad• 1944 – D-Day (Operation Overlord) – Allied invasion of Normandy, France• 1945 – Battle of the Bulge
  7. 7. Turning Points in the Pacific• 1942 – Battle of Coral Sea• 1942 – Battle of Midway• 1945 – Battle of Iwo Jima
  8. 8. WWII Turning Points T-Chart• Create a T-Chart comparing these major turning points in WWII: – Battle of Stalingrad – Battle of Midway – D-Day – Battle of Britain – Battle of the Bulge
  9. 9. WWII Turning Points T-Chart• Name• Date (month & year; began & ended)• Location• Who was involved?• Winner• Why was it significant?• DUE ON FRIDAY

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